European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

Post-doctoral (m/f) on ID13 in the X-ray Nanoprobe group

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The European Synchrotron, the ESRF, is an international research centre based in Grenoble, France.

Through its innovative engineering, pioneering scientific vision and a strong commitment from its 700 staff members, the ESRF is recognised as one of the top research facilities worldwide. Its particle accelerator produces intense X-ray beams that are used by thousands of scientists each year for experiments in diverse fields such as biology, medicine, environmental sciences, cultural heritage, materials science, and physics.

Supported by 21 countries, the ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity.

You will participate in a collaborative research programme employing operando scanning nano-beam diffraction to provide insight in the kinetics of battery operation and degradation at multiple length scales within the European Grant project "Opera" funding this position (HORIZON, Cross-sectoral solutions for the climate transition).

The Microfocus beamline (ID13) offers the unique opportunity to simultaneously combine cutting-the-edge scanning micro-/nano-beam diffraction/scattering methods with X-ray fluorescence analysis. The use of highly efficient pixel array detectors operating at kHz frame rate in combination with a considerable gain in performance of the recently upgraded X-ray source (ESRF EBS) is ideally suited for in-situ experiments at the millisecond timescale and a spatial resolution down to the sub-100nm range. Together with our partner institutes, you will be involved in the development of sample environments reproducing the complex electro-chemo-mechanical processes within batteries. These devices will be specifically designed for operation with a nano-diffraction setup and you will be part of an advanced R&D project to adapt the beamline hardware and software to enable their use for fast operando scanning experiments. You will be encouraged to develop your own sub-project within this Grant project, which should exploit and also further develop the beamline's distinctive capabilities.

Further information may be obtained from Dr. Manfred Burghammer (

- PhD in Physics, Chemistry, or a closely related subject obtained less than 3 years ago

- Experience related to battery research would be of advantage but is not mandatory

- Some experience in applying X-ray diffraction (crystallography)/scattering techniques (SAXS/WAXS) would be desirable

- Strong aptitude for instrumentation and data analysis

- Basic knowledge of data analysis related programming e.g. with Python or MATLAB

- Ability to interact with multi-disciplinary staff and facility users

- Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF)

Contract of 18 months, renewable for a further 6 or 18-month period.

Do you recognize yourself in this description? Apply now for your next professional adventure!

What we offer:

- Join an innovative international research institute, with a workforce from 38 different countries

- Collaborate with global experts to advance science and address societal challenges

- Come and live in a vibrant city, in the heart of the Alps, and Europe's Green Capital 2022

- Enjoy a workplace designed to support your quality of life

- Benefit from our competitive compensation and allowances package, including financial support for your relocation to Grenoble For further information on employment terms and conditions, please refer to

The ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from disabled persons.

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The ESRF is an X-ray light source for Europe. It is located in Grenoble, France, and supported and shared by 20 countries.

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